Unsure whether Mudhoney are still quite as relevant these days but they have turned into the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion on trk 1 of their new long player (but just a bit which is no bad thing) There's still a heavy demand for quality, fuzzed-up 60's style garage rock so long as it's done with a bit of panache. Which Mark Arm and Co. do with aplomb. There's still a great deal of the original dynamic left on 'The Lucky Ones' which is really heartening as previous albums have left me quite cold but i'm feeling this one a helluva lot more. Obviously they're not as fast as they used to be but i'm getting plenty of that old Mudhoney sound (which was never "grunge" - that was Tadgarden etc) These guys always rocked like a bunch of funky monkeys on meth, partying in basements and no doubt dancing with girls on top of hot trailer roofs whilst moulting dogs laze in the sun & grizzled truckers grin toothless smiles in awe of the super big fuzzy muff squall coming outta the huge speaker stack they stuck outside Grandpa Joe's chicken shack. Oh i've gone off into Brianland again. If you like to dream that the UK charts don't exist & you want your old party band back then purchase this folks! LP/CD on Sub Pop
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